Qualcomm becomes first fabless company in iSuppli’s top 10 chip supplier ranking
By Colleen Taylor, Contributing Editor — Electronic News, 8/23/2007
In a sign of the increasing strength of the fabless business model, communications chip technology developer Qualcomm Inc. has made its way into market research firm iSuppli Corp. rankings of the top 10 global chip suppliers for Q2, marking the first time a fabless company has achieved such a distinction.
According to iSuppli’s rankings, Qualcomm rose to ninth place among global semiconductor suppliers in Q2, up from 13th in Q1. The firm said in its report that on its way from 14th to ninth place, Qualcomm surpassed companies with “considerable manufacturing assets” including Infineon Technologies AG, Qimonda AG, Freescale Semiconductor and NEC Electronics Corp. Qualcomm now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with chip manufacturing powerhouses including NXP Semiconductors and Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
The company’s 8.6 percent quarter-over-quarter revenues increase represented the highest growth rate of any top 10 semiconductor supplier in Q2 — a period in which global semiconductor revenue declined by 3.6 percent to $63.1 billion, down from $65.4 billion in Q1.
Meanwhile, Asia-based semiconductor suppliers Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Toshiba Corp., Hynix Semiconductor Inc., Sony Corp. and NEC Corp. all experienced declines in their semiconductor revenue, with Hynix and Toshiba taking the biggest hits among the top-10 suppliers due to weaknesses in the DRAM sector. (See below for full ranking.)
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